Thursday, 18 August 2011

Clent Hills

Matthew, Stephen and I walked up Clent Hill on Sunday - the first time I have been up there for many years.

I had forgotten how impressive the views coud be.

The four stones at the top of Clent Hill are 309m (1014feet) above sea level. The stones are a folly and were intended to resemble a prehistoric monument and form a sort of focal point. They were the idea of Sanderson Miller, the architect of Hagley Hall.

Matthew looking towards Wychbury Hill on top of which sits he Wychbury Obelisk (also known as the Hagley Obelisk). It is 84 feet high (25.60 metres) and was built in 1758 by Lord Lyttelton, the owner of the nearby Hagley Hall. It was on the English Heritage list of the most endangered listed buildings but has now been fully restored.

A contrasting view of the Black Country.

The 'toposcope', (carved stone platform) shows the direction and distance of local (and distant) points of interest.

Look who's up the tree-

One of my earliest watering holes - much changed nowadays

I know this is not Clent Hill but we saw this grafitti by the lock at st Mary's Church in Kidderminster and were quite amused.

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